HOPE: THE EMPTY TOMB
When Paul preached the resurrection from the dead in Athens (Acts 17:32), some sneered in unbelief. Even the apostles were slow to accept the news that Jesus had been raised from the dead (Lk 24:11), but no one could successfully deny that He did arise. The most detailed record of the resurrection is in I Cor. 15. Verses 1-3 give evidence of the empty tomb where Jesus’ body was laid. It is of first importance that Jesus died, was buried then raised on the third day. He then appeared at one time to over 500, then to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all to Paul. We have hope of our own resurrection because of His empty tomb. The Old Testament had prophesied Jesus would arise from the dead (Ps 16:8-11; Hosea 6:2; Jonah 1:17). The eyewitnesses attested to it, as did the written testimony of the early disciples. It was no legend, but was the undeniable testimony of witnesses who lived at that time. The truth that He arose gave power to the gospel (Rom 1:4). Jesus has “ALL authority in heaven and on earth” (Matt 28:18). Zero authority for all other religious leaders! Ask for free Resurrection book.